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Photography Technique / Extreme macro question
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:36:25 PM »
So I've been using my 5d mkii and sigma 105mm macro for macro photographs but recently, I've found myself wanting to go beyond 1:1.   I know there are many ways to go above 1:1 and I would like a little help on deciding how to do it.  Should I go with extension tubes on my sigma? Should I reverse a prime onto the front of my sigma?  Today I held up my Helios 44m-4 in front of my sigma and got some cool shots.  If I do go with a reverse ring, do I extend one or both of the lenses to their closes focus or do I keep them at infinity?

IMG_1822 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_1816 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Portrait / Ghost Town Bar Portraits
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:54:44 PM »
Went to a bar last night where they had some fiddlers playing in the middle of nowhere Montana, I think they turned out really well.  All shot on a Canon 5d Mkii with a Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro.

Underwater / Canon S100 underwater questions
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:45:20 PM »
Just ordered an underwater case for my Canon s100, it's a cheap Ebay case and I know, I know, I probably should have ordered some $400 case for a camera that itself is only worth $100.  I really just want to experiment with underwater photography and thought that this would be a good way to start.  I was thinking about lighting with a cheap underwater flashlight because an underwater flash would be to expensive, have any recommendations for flashlights.  Also what filters might I need, I believe the case takes 67mm.


Theater, Concert and Event / First Concert Shoot
« on: April 20, 2014, 10:26:08 PM »
My high school had a student run electronic music concert last weekend.  My friend who was one of the musicians playing at it really wanted me to photograph it.  Brought my Canon 5d mkii, 50mm 1.8 ii, yongnuo yn560ii and a tripod.  Manually focused for a lot of the photos because autofocus couldn't lock.  Would like some feedback on my photos. 

Sports / First time Track and Field
« on: March 22, 2014, 10:15:15 PM »
Didn't have enough practices to run in our teams first meet so I brought my camera, 5d mkii and 200mm F/2.8 II.  Never been much into sports photography but everyone wanted some photographs of themselves in action.  Here are my favorites out of the some 400 shots I took today.

Portrait / Brenizer Method First Try
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:21:15 PM »
Thought I would try today the brenizer method aka bokeh panorama.  Asked my friend to help me with it, by modeling.  The photo itself isn't really anything special but I know I'll need this technique down the line for clients looking for extremely large portrait prints.  24 shots on a Canon 5D MKii with 200mm F/2.8 L II at F/4, ISO 400, 1/200th.


Full sized file, http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2885/12866656185_633f4c5aa5_o.jpg

you can see some of the mistakes I make with the spot heal tool in Lightroom, should have used the heal brush in Photoshop and taken more photos further way from my subject.

Software & Accessories / Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:22:32 PM »
I've been using a Dolica ZX600B300 tripod for the last year and have gotten into doing a lot of panoramas.  While the ball head and legs are great for panos when shooting the camera horizontally, having the camera vertical with my 200mm 2.8 makes it feel like it could tip over.  I would like to change over and get an L bracket for my Canon 5d Mkii.  I've been trying to find out weather my clamp could take arca plates and it sounds like it can not and sense all L brackets are for arca plates, this causes a problem. 

I'm looking for a new clamp to put on top of my ball head and I'm wondering what ones will fit and work best.  I'm also wondering what would be a good L bracket for a non gripped 5d mkii.  The RRS ones look great but there prices are a bit high, I found this one on ebay from china that looks like it would do a good job, it can still use the cable release when shot in portrait.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/L-shaped-Vertical-Quick-Release-Plate-Camera-Holder-for-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II-/281230948986?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item417aabba7a


With all the talk about the Tamron 150-600mm, I've been looking for a cheaper way to get it super telephoto nature photography.  I'm moving to Montana in a matter of months and I will be living close to Yellowstone.  I've already gone out and photographed the landscape but I have no real way of getting the animals at a safe distance.  I have a 200mm F/2.8 II which is just not long enough.  In comes the idea of using a Pentax Q as a teleconverter.  I've been looking online at the prices of them and it looks like you can pick them up for about $150 or so and an adapter for $20.  I haven't taken the dive and gotten them yet in fear of poor image quality.  I can only think that having a 5.6 or a 4.7 times crop factor would bring all of the small imperfections of a lens out.   If anyone has tried using a Pentax Q with an adapter I would love to know how well it works.  Having a 1120mm F/2.8 sounds pretty awesome to me!

Lenses / Helios 44M-4 and 5D MKii
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:26:22 AM »
Just got myself a Helios 44M-4 at a thrift shop, came with a Zenit 11 but I just bought the camera for the lens.  I know these lenses are supposed to have beautiful bokeh but I've also heard some will hit the mirror of full frame cameras.  I shoot with a 5D MKII and I just ordered a this adapter http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G4QXN2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with a similar set up and weather it hit the mirror and if there are any modifications that can easily be done to the lens to avoid this. 

Here is an image of the lens itself

Sports / First time photographing a skateboarder, need feedback
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:11:44 AM »
A local magazine that I often shoot for asked me to photograph this kid who skateboarded.  I'm not very big into sports photography and was looking for some critiquing of my work.  I was shooting with a Canon 5D MKII and a 17-40mm and 50mm 1.8.  I tried to get as close to the guy as possible shooting as wide as possible to get some cool distortion.  Was going to use a flash setup up but the sun overpowered my single Yongnuo YN-560 II.  I was shooting at f/11 at about 1/800th at iso 800 because I really wanted to freeze the action and the autofocus system on the 5D needs as much leeway for depth of field.  I would love some feedback if possible and maybe some advice as I would really like to photograph more skateboarders as I find it very interesting. 

During the summer, my career as a photographer blossomed.  I'm seventeen years old, shot two magazine covers, sold some very large (over six feet) prints, had one of my photos go viral and photographed a wedding.  In all I earned a couple of grand but most of that I would like to put into savings for during and after college.  I shoot on a Canon 5D MKII and do a lot of landscapes.  For my landscape lens, I use a 17-40mm F/4 L and sometimes my 50mm, 105mm and 200mm for high quality panoramas.  I haven't been using my 17-40 very much do to the fact it is extremely soft and has huge amounts of CA in the corners.  Below I will include a shot from the middle edge at F/8.  I have been considering upgrading to a new lens as most of my work is landscapes and my 17-40 is most definitely my weakest lens with a slow aperture and soft corners even stopped way down.  I need a lens that is sharp through out the image stopped down, I'm fine with soft edges wide open, I'm not shooting landscapes at F/4 and would not be shooting them at F/2.8.  I would like there to be as little amount of coma as possible so that I could use the lens for astrophotography instead of my 50mm 1.8. 
Canon only really has the 16-35mm which is very expensive and sounds like it is not much sharper then the 17-40mm in the corners.  Tokina's 16-28 sounds like a great lens for a great price but i would like to hear what others think of it.  I have heard that Tokina doesn't have the best quality control. 


Lenses / Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:53:09 PM »
Over the summer I am going to move to Montana, this is great because it means I am only a couple miles away for beautiful locations with almost no light pollution.  I have gotten pretty interested in star photography and I really want to capture the Milky Way.  I shoot with a Canon 5D MKII and I have a 17-40mm f/4 and 50mm 1.8 that I use when I do photograph the night sky.  I have been wondering what would be a good lens to use for capturing the Milky Way, my 50mm seems a bit to long and my 17-40mm seems to slow.  I've been thinking about getting a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 because it is wider so I can use a longer shutter speed without getting star trails and faster so I can use a lower ISO.   Having it be manual focus wouldn't seem to be that much of a problem if the infinity is well marked.  I'm just looking for other peoples inputs on what they think would be a good alterative to my two lens or if one of the lenses I already have would be well suited for this.
Here are some shots I've gotten why in Hawaii and in Montana, unluckily, it was cloudy every night for 2-5 so I never got a chance to get any Milky Way shots.

PowerShot / Trip to the zoo with the S100
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:27:31 PM »
Here are some shots I got with my S100 last summer at the St. Louis Zoo

Lenses / Need help with choosing a telephoto for $800 and under
« on: March 09, 2013, 03:39:40 PM »
I recently upgraded from a Canon T1i to a Canon 5D MKII and have sold my longer lenses, my 75-300mm f4-5.6 III, which was a terrible lens, and a 28-135mm IS USM.  The only sort of telephoto lens I have right now is a Sigma 105mm macro.  I have a budget of about $800 US and I am not sure what lens to go for in Canons large range of telephotos.  I have manly been thinking about getting a 200mm f/2.8 II as I want to do portraits and I think that this would be a good length on full frame for portraits.  When I had my T1i, I would use my 50mm 1.8 II, but now this seems to be a bit too wide for portraits as it has more distortion then I would like.  When I do portraits, I do them outside so distance away from my subject wouldn't be much of an issue but I am a bit concerned about my control over dof, would there be to much when doing body shots?  Would I better off just using my 105mm for portraits? 

I'm going to Hawaii for spring break and would like to capture more shots of birds and stuff, would the 200mm be a good choice, also what is the difference between the 200mm f/2.8 i vs ii?

Here is some of my portrait work with my 50mm on my T1i

Here is some work I've done with my 105mm on my T1i

Here a shot with the 105mm on my 5D

Sorry for the randomness of my post, I'm just not sure what to go for.

Lenses / Sigma 105mm F/2.8 Macro EX DG Review
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:54:01 PM »
The Sigma 105mm F/2.8 Macro EX DG is one of the best deals I have ever come across in my short time in photography.  I think that the 90-180mm range of macro lenses are some of the most versatile lenses.  They are usable for a lot more then just macro, they can do great portraits, wildlife, action, and just anything where you need the most amount of detail.  With most macro lenses starting out at F/2.8, they are great for shallow depth of field, but also stop down to as far as F/45 so you can get as much of your subject in focus, an importent thing when doing macro photography.  I got my lens for only $300 in mint condition and I would recommend it to everyone, but not without warning.  The autofocus was alright when it was on my T1i, but when using my 5D MKII, a lot of my shots have been out of focus and I have had to check my focus with live view.  I don't know if it is an electronics problem or if it is that my 5D and lens are on oposite spectrums of the autofocus tolerance and I need to do some micro adjusting.  But while the autofocus is bad, this lens is great for video as it has a very smooth focus ring that is a joy to turn.  For portait this lens is great at around 3.5 this lens is great for portait as it give enough depth of field but still has pretty circular bokeh, it is importent to remember this lens only has eight straight apature blades rather than a nicer nine rounded.  Overall sharpness and performance of this lens is great and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to get into macro as this lens serves so many purposes, you will definitely get your moneys worth out of it.

Movie shot with lens in combination with 50mm 1.8

Wildlife shot







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